Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, founded in 1971 and based in Northbrook, Illinois, has announced that its second Chicago deep dish pizzeria location in Wisconsin will open in late spring at 15795 W. Bluemound Rd.
The second, full-service Wisconsin restaurant – the first opened in Fox Point in December – will have more than 180 seats in a 7,750-square foot space and will also offer carry-out, delivery and drop-off catering services.
There will also be a patio, full bar and private party rooms.
Malnati's is famous for Chicago's unique deep-dish pizza.
The restaurant expects to hire about 100 local employees and will to host a hiring event in coming months.
"Our partners and dairy farmers up north have been critical to our success. We’ve been sourcing our cheese from the same vendors in Wisconsin for nearly 50 years," said Marc Malnati, son of founder Lou. "We plan to open several locations in the Milwaukee area, including two to three restaurants and four or five carryout and delivery stores over the next three to five years.
"We’ve identified some distinct areas where we want to be, based on demographics and strong population density, depending on the community. When people want to order in or go out with friends and family, we want a Lou Malnati’s restaurant to be there and be the local pizza of choice."
School PTOs, get ready, because Malnati’s says it "believes in becoming ingrained in the local communities through charitable giving, volunteer involvement and partnerships. The company will look to continue this tradition of generosity through fundraising and youth incentive programs to local schools, generous donation programs, and working with local charitable organizations."
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Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.